Intuitive Eating

Friday, March 6, 2009

So yesterday at the library I got the book, Intuitive Eating: A Recovery Book for the Chronic Dieter–Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating and Rebuild Your Body Image by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.  I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while since I saw it on a couple of blogs.  Believe me, I feel like I’ve been on a diet for my entire life.  I’ve never been completely happy with the way I look.  I mean, even as a child I felt fat.  I’ve lost weight–in fact at one point I got to a point where I felt fairly happy with my weight, but not COMPLETELY.  And then I gained it back–I’ve learned over time that I eat to deal with my emotions.  So I’m very excited to read this book and see if I can REDISCOVER the pleasures of eating and throw away the diet mentality.

Just a sample (from Chapter One):

Diet Backlash–a side effect of dieting, including. the following symptoms..

Eating less food, yet still having trouble losing weight

The mere thought of going on a diet brings on urges to indulge in “sinful” foods

When ending a diet, going on a food binge and feeling guilty

Having little trust in self with food

Feeling that you don’t deserve to eat because you are overweight

Shortened diet duration over time

The Last Supper–consuming large amounts of food that you feel you won’t be consuming for a long time while on the diet, a farewell-to-food-that-you-love party

Social withdrawal because it’s just too hard to stay on your diet–to avoid the foods you shouldn’t have and to avoid watching others eat freely

Sluggish metabolism–as the body gets ready for a self-imposed famine

Using caffeine to survive the day (coffee and diet drinks in place of real food)

Eating disorders–dieting can lead to anorexia, bulemia, compulsive eating, or binge eating disorder

All of these cause a PARADOX–while we diet to become more healthy, often the opposite is the result–obesity is higher than ever, especially in children, and eating disorders are on the rise.

Dieting is short-term starvation.  When you stop a diet, you want to eat.  And eat many of us do.  Much more than we would probably eat if we hadn’t felt so deprived.  We don’t eat for biological hunger, but for many other reasons.  And then we say we have no willpower.  But the authors of this book argue that you can’t fight biology.  When your body is starved, it will obsess over food.  And when you stop starving it, it will eat as if it will be starving again.

It’s time to break the cycle.  I’m willing to try to understand intuitive eating and practice the principles it teaches.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

In other news–

I was able to sleep until noon today!  So that made for 12 hours of sleep!  So I think I should be okay at work tonight and not too tired.  It really felt good to let my body wake up when I was ready.

I did a few things today that I wanted to–the laundry and paying bills.  It doesn’t seem like a lot, but I still feel accomplished.

Kimm will be home soon and we’ll have a relaxing dinner before I leave for work.


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